Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review

Palette Of The Month| Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Life’s A Festival’ Palette Review

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Hey everyone, Today I’m sharing with you my part one of two reviews for my monthly palettes review. You may recall that last year I was going to do a review on two Toofaced palettes (Sweet Peach and Life’s A Festival), and then I took a bit of a break because of health reasons. But I decided at the start of the year that I would start up again and so I’m finally giving my thoughts on them. 

In this review I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the ‘Life’s A Festival‘ eyeshadow and highlighting palette, in my part 2 I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette. I’ll let you know whether my thoughts have changed, do I still love it or not, you will just have to wait and see.

My thoughts on the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Life’s A Festival’ palette.

You might not know this about me but I’m a huge lover of unicorns and mermaids so this is palette right up my ally so to speak. I know what you are thinking how can someone who is into punk rock and wears band tees be a lover of unicorns and mermaids. Well, I guess I’m just really eclectic in my tastes. I’m just as much a lover of fantasy and fairytales as I am punk and rock n roll. Have you seen my beauty room? its really shows that side of me.

The Packaging

I think the packaging on this palette is actually really cute, and totally what I would expect to see from something inspired by unicorns and rainbows. I love that the interior features a holographic print, it speaks to my inner 90’s kid. We were all about holographic fabrics and prints, I remember having tops with holographic smiley faces, so I’m all for the holo finish.

Though while I think the packaging is super cute, the shape can be annoying to store because of it not a standard shape (rectangle, square etc) like most eyeshadow palette packaging.

I found the mirror an okay size but the packaging would mean having to hold the whole thing up and you would just have the part with the eyeshadows kind of just hanging because it doesn’t stand up on its own. It’s not hugely practical, But I tend not to use the mirrors in most packaging anyway. I prefer having a small beauty mirror in front of me it just makes it easier for me personally.

I actually like that you have the ability to fold the front of the packaging underneath or behind so that it’s not so bulky on the table or if you have limited room.

The Eye Shadows:

This palette contains 12 eyeshadow which contain 0.8g/ 0.03 oz each or a total of 9.6g/0.36 oz and 1 highlighter that contains 3g/ 0.11oz.

The eyeshadows are made up of 9 shimmers with a combo of normal and duo chrome, 2 mattes and 1 satin as well as a duo-chrome unicorn highlighter.

I love some of the shades in here they are really pretty but I do feel like this palette is definitely a secondary palette, which is why I decided to use an accompanying palette this month because I just felt like this palette didn’t have a lot of depth to it and was mostly shimmer eyeshadows so I felt like it would make it harder to get a decent look out of.

I did find a few of the shades in this palette were kind dry (particularly the mattes but also some of the shimmer shades).

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Shimmers:

The shimmer eyeshadows vary in formula, some are good and some I was left feeling disappointed, particularly with ‘Rainbow Lite‘ this is such a pretty looking shade in the pan but on the eyes is a different story it’s crumbly and can look kind of crappie on the eyes. I tried it wet, dry and with glitter glue and I just couldn’t get it to look as good as I wanted which is quite disappointing because it looks like such a unique and pretty colour.

I did a look with this shade when I first purchased it and It looked amazing but for some reason, since then I have found it a real struggle to get to look that nice again.

I did have quite a few shades in this palette that I do really like, ‘Artist Pass‘, ‘Mystic Rain’,Euphoric andBeamin were among my favourites in this palette. 

Mattes & Satin

The mattes are okay but they are kind of powdery nothing like formulas in TF more permanent palettes.

Funtasy the purple satin shade leaves much to be desired, this shade could have been so good and it could have paired so nicely with the other shade but I just felt l had to build it up too much and it just didn’t have the depth I was looking for. I had to dip into other palettes to really get the look I was looking for.

“Unicorn Tears’ The Duo-chrome Highlighter

Unicorn Tears‘ is the duo chrome highlighter in this palette and it is inspired by a lipstick that Toofaced have been selling for quite a while and I think was also part of the inspiration for this collection. As well as them obviously wanting to join in on the unicorn, mermaid and rainbow trend.

I think the colour is nice I loved using it along with some of the more blue, purple tones in this palette, particularly as an inner corner highlight. It is a little bit chalky to the touch but Its quite a unique colour, it has a blue/ purple/ pink kind of shift from what I can tell. And While I do love a colourful highlighter I have to admit I wasn’t sure how I felt about this as a face highlighter. I just felt like it just didn’t apply that nicely on the face, but it is stunning as an inner corner highlight, so at least its still usable.

The Eye Looks

I’ve included three looks as per usual but for the third look, I wanted to share a photo from my Instagram from last year showing you how paired with other palettes this palette can create some beautiful looks.

The first two looks are just using shades from the palette. I also want to point out that for some reason I was having a hard time getting some of the shadows to stick to my eyes, I’m not sure if my eyelids were just having one of those days or if it was the eyeshadows, it could very well have been a bit of both.

Look 1

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Sorry For the blurry picture, I didn’t notice until editing them.

What I used to create this look:

Base: eyeshadow primer topped with concealer for an even lid colour (but you can use whatever suits you best) and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow : I used ‘Desert Vibes‘ as a transition colour, on my lid I used ‘Sunset Dreams’ ‘all over the lid and then placed ‘Euphoric‘ in the centre of the lid. For my inner corner, I used a mix of both ‘Fun In The Sun‘ & ‘Beamin”.

For the Lower Lash Line, I used the shade ‘Fireflies‘.

To finish off this look I used a black mascara and a white eyeliner pencil on the waterline.


You can see here that it got a bit patching with ‘Desert Vibes’ it’s quite a powdery shade and I just felt like it was hard to use and would just blend away sometimes.

Look 2

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Image has had some editing to clean up small flaws, mainly the eyeliner turned out crap so I had to fix it a bit in photoshop.
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Image has had some editing to clean up small flaws, mainly the eyeliner turned out crap so I had to fix it a bit in photoshop.

What I used to create this look:

Base: eyeshadow primer topped with concealer for an even lid colour (but you can use whatever suits you best) and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow: I used ‘Young & Free’ as a transition colour, I then added ‘Funtasy’ on the outer corner and in the crease, winging to out slightly. I then added ‘Dusk Teal Dawn’ on the inner portion of the lid, I also placed ‘Artist Pass‘ in between the teal and purple.

For the lower lash line I added a dark blue eyeliner and blended it out with ‘Funtasy‘, I then added ‘Dusk Teal Dawn‘ towards the inner corner and then added ‘Unicorn Tears’ as an inner corner highlight.

I added some purple winged liner and Mascara to finish of the look.


Funtasy‘ looks much pinker than purple like in the pan, it’s can also be a little bit patchy and hard to blend at times. I wish it had more depth and had been more on the purple side it could have been a great shade.

Look 3

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review

As well as the ‘Lifes A Festival’ Palette I also used the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne ‘Kaleidoscope Dreams’ Palette for this look. If you don’t have this you could substitute the purple & pink in this look for something close in your own collection.

What I used to create this look:


Base: eyeshadow primer and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow: For this look I added ‘Dye’ (from the KL Palette) on the outer corner and into the crease, blending it out with a clean brush. I then added ‘Spitfire(also from the KL Palette) in the middle of the lid and ‘Rainbow lite’ (from the Life’s A Festival Palette) on the inner portion of the lid.

I took ‘Dye’ on the lower lash line and added ‘Euphoric’ as an inner corner highlight. To finish the look off I added some white eyeliner to the lower lash line and some lavender coloured mascara to the lashes.


Like I said earlier in the post I’ve since had a lot of trouble using ‘Rainbow Lite‘ which is a pity because its a stunning colour. ‘Dye‘ is similar to what I would have liked from ‘Funtasy‘ both colour & depth wise.

Final thoughts

I think a majority of the palette is good but there are a few so so shades and it’s mainly just the formula of those shades isn’t that great.

This is the one thing I have found with the limited edition palettes from this brand is that compared with the permanent products they vary way too much in quality, meaning the quality isn’t always the same overall there products.

But in saying that I don’t regret purchasing this at all, there are some great shades in here and I can always pair this with another palette to get the look I’m going for.

I’m sure by now this palette is sold out everywhere seeing as it was limited edition but I still wanted to do my review on it anyway, because why not. This year for me is all about getting used out of my makeup collection instead of always wanting to purchase new stuff.

Would you like to see me review some more older, discontinued or limited edition palettes like the Urban Decay ‘Electic‘ Palette (which is discontinued)? or should I just do three looks using it? Let me know.

Thank you for checking in to see my latest post, I’ll be sharing my part 2 with the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette really soon.

Next months palette is…

Violet Voss ‘Flamingo’ Eyeshadow palette

Being summer I can’t get enough bright fun colours so I wanted to dip into another fun colourful palette for February. 

This palette is fairly new to me and I’ve had a play here and there but I can’t wait to try it out some more and share my thoughts with you.

See you soon,

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Shopping My Makeup Collection - Palette Of The Month - Toofaced Cosmetics Chocolate Bon Bon's Eyeshadow Palette + 4 Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Shopping My Makeup Collection – Palette Of The Month – Toofaced Cosmetics Chocolate Bon Bon’s Eyeshadow Palette + 4 Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Hey beauty lovers, I can’t believe its almost the end of the month already, September has gone so fast, I’m already starting to think about October’s posts. But, today I’m here to chat with you about my ‘Palette of the Month’ for September (inspired by Kat from Kitsnitch series), which was the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ eyeshadow palette.

I’ve had this palette for a couple of years now, so It may not be in its best quality because of its age, I just wanted to note this before going on with my review. If you’re a Toofaced Cosmetics fan you will probably know that the chocolate bar palettes are some of their best and most loved products. The Bon Bons palette is cooler toned than the Original Chocolate Bar palette which I feel is more neutral.

Related Article – Too Faced Cosmetics “Smelly” Palettes Showdown Review

What’s included in the ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ palette.

This palette includes three possible matte transition shades which is great, my personal favourite is ‘Almond Truffle’, but there is also ‘Mocha‘ which is a muted medium brown and also a cool toned taupe called ‘Pecan Praline‘. From appearance, it looks like this has three deeping shades ‘Bordeaux’ which is a red-brown matte, ‘Malted’ which is a chocolate brown matte with glitter (but it doesn’t really show up when you are applying it) & ‘Dark Truffle‘ which is actually a satin but you could use this to deepen thing up if you wish.

There are five shimmer shades in this palette ‘Satin Sheets’ which is a pink with champagne/golden shift but looks more champagne in the pan, ‘Cotton Candy‘ which is a light pink with a sliver frost, ‘Cafe’ Au Lait‘ which is a taupe brown with a metallic finish & also one of my favourites,‘Sprinkles’ which is a peachy-pink with a gold reflect, and ‘Molasses Chip’ which is coppery bronze.

There are also what I would call pops of colour in this palette, ‘Totally Fetch’ which is a bright fuchsia pink with shimmer, ‘Earl Grey’ which is a blackened teal with a satin shimmer and ‘Black Currant’ which is Deep Plum shade with a frost finish.

This palette also includes a massive pan of a cream matte shade called ‘Divinity’ and ‘Cashew Chew’ which is described as a muted light peachy pink with a satin shimmer though I would have to disagree with that to me I can’t see any shimmer in it and I would say it looked more like a muted light warm taupe shade, but that’s just my opinion.

For more detailed descriptions check out Temptalia’s review, she goes into a lot of detail about shade descriptions and dupes for shades.

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What are my thoughts on the ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ Eyeshadow Palette?

Okay so now its time to get down to the nitty-gritty of how I feel about this palette, I’m just jumping right in. I think this palette has some great things going for it but it definitely has its flaws and I’ll get into that in a second.

When I first started playing with this palette for this review I was thinking about what made me buy this and I honestly think its the pops of pink which is super interesting because back then I never wore pink eyeshadow, like ever so it’s interesting that that’s what drew me in. I also think the cocoa smell had a lot to do with it as well I’m not going to lie its huge factor of why I purchase these palettes that smell every time I open the palette is amazing.

I think this palette has a great variety of shades to work with but I do think there are a some redundant shades in here, for example I think I used ‘Cashew Chew’ once, Its really light and very sheer other than using all over the lid before applying other shadows on top I don’t know why its in the palette. I guess it could also be used as a brow highlight or on the inner corner but I honestly feel like they could have added something different in there instead because it just doesn’t really show up very well, I tried to build it up but it left much to be desired.

Look 1:  Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Almond Truffle(transition), Mocha(crease & to blend out lower lash line), Malted (deepen up outer corner, crease & lower lash line), Cafe’ Au Lait (inner part of my lid, inner corner, brow bone highlight)


Things I love about this palette

I love that they have included a huge pan of a base shade (Divinity) But that would only work for someone with a lighter skin tone, I do think that having a huge pan of this type of matte shade is great though because I’m sure like me, most people with lighter skin tones would get a lot of use out of an eyeshadow like this.

While ‘Satin Sheets’ is a gorgeous shade I would have loved if they had added two eyeshadows in this space instead of one huge pan, that would have been great, but the large pan does have a great purpose too because this shade makes a beautiful face highlight as well so smaller pans would make this harder so its not all bad.

Look 2: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Almond Truffle (transition), Black Currant (outer corner, in the crease & lower lash line), Totally Fetch (outer part of the lid and blended into blackcurrant), Cotton Candy (inner portion of the lid & blended into  Totally Fetch) and Sprinkles (inner corner.)


‘Cafe’ Au Lait‘ has to be one of my favourite shades in this palette, it’s a taupe brown metallic which I honestly wouldn’t have thought when I purchased this that a colour like this would end up being my most loved shade in this palette.

My next most loved shimmer or metallic shade in this palette would have to be ‘Molasses Chip’ which is a gorgeous coppery bronze bordering on vintage gold/bronze kind of shade, its just stunning and I think would look beautiful on anyone.

‘Almond Truffle‘ is probably my favourite transition shade, but ‘Mocha’ & ‘Pecan Praline‘ are fantastic as well. I love pairing ‘Mocha’ with ‘Bordeaux’ to deepen it just is a great combo especially if I say put ‘Molasses Chip’ on my lid.

look 3: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Mocha (transition), Bordeaux (crease to deepen), Malted (crease & outer corner to deepen even more), Dark Truffle (deepen the outer corner more & lower lash line), Molasses Chip (center to inner part of the lid) & Satin Sheets (inner corner & brow bone highlight.)


Shades I wanted to love

I know I only mentioned a few of the eyeshadows in the previous section and that’s not to say I didn’t love the other shades it’s more than some I wanted to love and some that I’m more impartial about.

Interestingly enough those pops of pinks I mentioned earlier that I came to the conclusion that they were what drew me to this palette are not my faves, I could work with them but ‘Totally Fetch‘ has always given me trouble, its a very dry formula for something that’s supposed to be a shimmer, It takes a lot to build up and just looks average overall. I tried my best to work with this shade I scraped the top layer of to see if I could get a better pay off (because like I said my palette is a bit older), but that didn’t really help much, I was expecting this to look much brighter than it did.

‘Cotton Candy’ is a nice shade and looks nice with ‘Totally Fetch’ or another pink toned eyeshadow, but I just don’t reach for it, I want to love it but I just don’t know if it doesn’t look good on me or what. I think I prefer ‘Sprinkles’ to ‘Cotton Candy‘ which has a beautiful shift to it and looks great on the inner corner or on the lid.

look 4: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Earl Grey (all over the lid & lower lash line), Pecan Praline (transition and to blend out Earl Grey) & Cafe Au Lait (inner corner and brow bone highlight.)


Black Currant’ I used this shade a couple of times when I did a look with ‘Cotton Candy’ &‘Totally Fetch’ in the outer corner and lower lash line, this was another shade that I think is just okay, its also very dry like ‘Totally Fetch’, I tried it once all over the lid but I just didn’t love the way it looked.

‘Earl Grey’ I used a few times as an all over lid colour and blended it out with ‘Pecan Praline’ which didn’t look too bad but it doesn’t look as teal on the lid as in the pan, it more looks like a charcoal or deep grey-black colour. It’s also a really dry formula as well, so I found that this and ‘Black Currant’ had a bit of fall out on my face.

Final Thoughts

I think this palette has some great shades, there are quite a few gems in here but there are also some shades that I think could have been much nicer, mainly the ones I just mentioned. I wish that that ‘Totally Fetch’, ‘Earl Grey’ and  ‘Black Currant’ had a less dry formula it makes them hard to work with.

I also think they could have done without ‘Cashew Chew’ and put something else in there, I also think they probably didn’t need to have both ‘Cotton Candy‘ & ‘Sprinkles‘ while the finish is somewhat different they still look really similar. I wish ‘Dark Truffle‘ was a matte finish because I feel like this desperately needs a really deep brown, ‘Malted‘ just isn’t deep enough for me personally.

Saying all that I would recommend this palette because I think it has some gems in there and for me there really only a few eyeshadow shades that I think are average. I think this has some great wearable cool tones and overall most of the eyeshadows are really nice and easy to work with.

Have you tried the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ palette? What are your thoughts? Did you love it or hate it? let me know in the comments.


October ‘Palette of the Month’ is…

The Morphe ’39a Dare To Create Artistry’ eyeshadow palette.

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Next month I decided to actually go with something new to my collection, the Morphe Brushes ’39a Dare To Create Artistry’ eyeshadow palette. At the end of June or was it July I can’t remember which but I do remember saying at that time I was happy with my collection, that was at the time, but in the last couple of months I’ve seen quite a few things that have really inspired me so I decided to pick some up, including this beauty.

I originally saw this used by Atleeeey she is one of my favourite creators to watch on youtube especially for tutorials her creativity when it comes to makeup is amazing, if you’re looking for makeup look inspiration I would go check her out (she’s not a cf creator so keep that in mind & if you see her use something, do your own research on its status).

Now for those that don’t know Morphe states on their website that they are cruelty-free & it is also confirmed by Cruelty-free Kitty which is one of a few places I go to check out information on brands cruelty-free status. Morphe do not have a cruelty-free certification (PETA, leaping bunny, etc) at this time and their brand isn’t entirely vegan, They probably use carmine in some of their eyeshadows and they do have animal hair brushes (as well as synthetic brushes) so its up to you whether you want to purchase from them.

I do have some thoughts on their brushes I may decide to do a post on a brush set I picked up in the near future, I haven’t decided yet.

I’m really excited to use this palette for the next month some of those shades are really calling to me. Its actually spring here in Australia, I wouldn’t say this is a spring palette at all it’s more jewel tones to me which are an autumn-winter thing right but I’m dying to play with it. I was actually thinking about using the Toofaced ‘Lifes A Festival’ palette but I decided not to do two Toofaced reviews in a row, but you bet I’ll be bringing that and the ‘Sweet Peach‘ out sometime in the next few months, they will look amazing for summer vibes. Not that I really care about pairing colours with seasons I just do whatever I want but you know we will just go with that.

So keep an eye out on my Instagram & Facebook over the next month I will for sure be featuring some looks using this beautiful eyeshadow palette.


If you got this far congratulation and thank you for reading my post I hope you enjoyed my review and I can’t wait to see you in my next post.

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Shopping My Makeup Collection - Palette Of The Month - Chi Chi Cosmetics - Romantic Eyeshadow Palette | Life Of Dahlia

Shopping My Makeup Collection – Palette Of The Month – Chi Chi Cosmetics – Romantic Eyeshadow Palette | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, it’s time for my first ‘Palette Of The Month’ Review, I was excited about this one when I started, but I wasn’t able to get a month worth of use out of this because I was sick for a couple of weeks, so I didn’t get to wear too much makeup during that time. However, I do think I have played with it enough to give a review.

The idea for these reviews is that I focus on using one particular palette a month, I have to use it at least two to three days a week still giving me time to play with other things if I want to. If you didn’t see my intro post you can find it here, I give credit to Kat Wilson for inspiring me to want to devel into my collection and play and give reviews with my thoughts on the palette in my collection.

My Thoughts On The Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Romantic’ Palette

This palette is a more cool toned version of warmed toned berry trends that we have seen around for a couple of years now. It has a range of tones which is great including at least 3 transition shades and 4 deeper shades. This palette also has a nice portion of mattes to shimmers with 5 mattes, 5 shimmers, a satin and a matte with glitter (I never get why this is a thing that needs to exist but okay.)

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The colour range in this palette like I said leans more on the cooler end of the spectrum with cool-toned browns, pinks, berries and champagnes.

The formula’s of these shadows are okay but not great, I felt like I was able to get a few looks I didn’t mind out of them but the mattes were probably the ones I had the most trouble with. I had to build the darker shades up quite a lot and they did blend okay but I was constantly going back and forth with blending and building up to get the desired look.

I don’t know if it was just me because for some reason lately, I’ve just been struggling with eyeshadow and winged liner, I just feel like I don’t have a lot of patients at the moment and I keep having to start over again because I’m not liking what the end result looks like.

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The hero in this palette is actually the shimmers I think they are really nice and they pick up really well on a brush and stick okay on the eye without any help of a glitter glue or setting spray though I do think this helps add an extra pop. I really enjoyed using 4 out of the 5 shimmers in here particularly the ‘Deep Brown’ shade and ‘Light Champagne’ shade in the top row and the ‘Peachy Pink’ and ‘Rosy Pink’ in the bottom row. The other one I didn’t get as much chance to use as much as I would have liked, but its okay its more of a darker champagne than the lighter one.

Looks I created with this palette

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What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Caramel matte shade in the crease as a transition shade.
  2. Peach matte shade in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Berry matte shade crease and outer corner (I didn’t build this up I just wanted to deepen the Peach shade a little bit.)
  4. Peach shimmer on my lid from centre to inner corner.
  5. Light Champagne shimmer inner corner.
  6. I used number 2 and 4 on the lower lash line for a little bit of colour

I recreated variations of this look a couple of times, you will see another one if you scroll down, where I added a winged liner.

I found the lighter matte shades much easier to work with but I did create a couple of look’s focusing on using some of the deeper shades.

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What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Taupe matte shade in the crease as my transition
  2. Deep brown matte in the outer corner and crease, I winged it out a bit on the outer corner of my eye.
  3. Deep brown shimmer shade on my lid.
  4. Light champagne shade on my inner corner.
  5. I used 2 & 3 on my lower lash line.

I really loved this brown smokey eye more than I thought I would, however, I do feel like the darker mattes can be harder to work with and look a bit muddy if you’re not careful.

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What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Peach matte as my transition shade (though it got a bit lost in the photos.)
  2. Berry matte shade all over the lid, in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Deep brown shade to deepen up the look (It didn’t really work that great.)
  4. Berry matte with glitter just to try it out. (the glitter doesn’t show up and that’s why I get confused by these types of eyeshadow whats the point of them.)
  5. Light champagne on my inner corner.
  6. I used 2 & 3 on my lower lashline.
  7. Black gel liner to finish it off.

This look didn’t turn out that great, but it was a good representation of the darker mattes, they just don’t perform that well I found it hard to layer them to build up colour which is really disappointing. I wanted to do a gradual smokey look where I used the deeper shades along the lash line and then used the lighter shade to blend it out.

I may have just done it wrong but I wanted to see if I could layer the shades so I did do the berry shade first and then built it up which didn’t work. I also tried blending out the edges but it would just blend out and then I would have to build up what I lost again.

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What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Caramel matte shade in the crease as a transition shade.
  2. Peach matte shade in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Berry matte shade crease and outer corner.
  4. Rosey Pink shimmer on my lid from centre to inner corner.
  5. Light Champagne inner corner
  6. I used number 3 lower lash line for a little bit of colour

* picture has been edited slightly


I was actually really self-conscious about posting this, I really suck at applying mascara and the Nyx Vivid Brights liner I used just got all over my lashes. I’m also really bad at applying eyeshadow under my eyes, its an area I’m trying to improve.

These photos weren’t the best, I don’t know if It was just me or the palette I was working with but I just haven’t been liking any of the look’s I’ve been creating lately, It’s been a real struggle. This look was a slight variation on look 1 I just used the rosy pink shade and built up the berry matte a little bit for more colour.

Having deep-set and hooded eyes makes it really difficult sometimes to apply eyeshadow I often have to go further up my eyelid so that it doesn’t get lost when my eye is open. Which is why it often looks quite dramatic.

Final Thoughts

So what do I actually think about this palette, I think its okay but not great, I think the mattes leave much to be desired, the lighter shades work much better than the darker ones. The pigmentation in the darker shades is average they take a lot of work.

I think the shimmers are probably the best thing out of this palette, the formula is nice and has pretty nice pigmentation. The pink satin could be better it takes a lot to build up and its hard to pick up out of the pan.

Chi Chi is still a great affordable brand and I quite enjoy some of their products just this particular one I felt could have been better and even for the only $25 AUS I don’t know if I would personally recommend it. Will I be decluttering this out of my collection I don’t know I still enjoy the shimmers so I may dip in for those in particular but if something better comes along I may pass this on the someone else.

Have you tried this particular palette from Chi Chi Cosmetics? or What’s your favourite Chi Chi product that you have tried? let me know in the comments

 


Next Months Palette Of The Month Is…

Shopping My Makeup Collection - Palette Of The Month - Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette | Life Of Dahlia

The TooFaced Cosmetics – Chocolate Bon Bons Palette

I thought this would be a great palette to play with next month as you may know I’m doing Liptember so I’ll be focusing on bold lip colours, I think a more neutral palette will pair great with this. I’m aiming to try and use every colour at least once, I’ll try to use this at least three times a week over the whole of September.

It’s going to be fun to delve into one of my older palettes, I’ve actually had this since about 2016 I think and while it’s not in its prime anymore it still works great.

Thank you for checking out my first post in my ‘Palette Of The Month’ series, I hope enjoyed it and I can’t wait to get started for the next one.

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